Donald Sterling vs Adam Silver, The Infant, Eddie Murphy and Rich Old White Guys

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NEW YORK, NY – You know what? I hate the idea of sloppy seconds. Always have. This whole Donald Sterling affair presents a problem though. There are still some remaining delicious scraps left from which to pick, but at the same time, my colleague West Coast Craig did an outstanding job of covering this jackass in his column yesterday.

Sterling is a racist old white guy. Yawn. We haven’t seen many of those in our lifetime, huh?  Al Campanis was ahead of his time with his comments about African Americans lacking the “necessities” to be successful Managers and General Managers in Baseball more than 25 years ago. Jimmy the Greek spoke of breeding habits that led to superior physical developments among non-whites. The World of Sports has always brought us brilliant analysis and explanation for things that old white guys couldn’t easily reconcile.

It is amazing, though, that even Sterling’s detestable and repugnant comments were not enough to spark some sort of reaction from the group of remaining 28 white rich guys who own the other NBA franchises. This naturally begs the question: What the hell would have to happen to get some of these guys to offer up even a shred of protest? An iota of outrage? A hint of repudiation? Is there more to this than we know?  Like the Skull & Bones Society at Yale, is there some clandestine “club” into which wealthy white guys are automatically inducted upon purchasing a sports team? How did this “code” so quickly fall into place almost simultaneously with Sterling’s words being uttered. Are these “ground rules” practiced and established once rich white guys predictably put their golden feet in their mouths? “Hey…did you hear? Sterling screwed up…code blue-take it to defcon 4.” Greek

We’ve seen this kind of complicity among the super wealthy before. Fred Wilpon conspires with Bernie Madoff to swindle $60 Billion dollars from charities and widows. Charitable organizations that feed children, house the homeless are destroyed and shuttered forever. Not a peep from any of Wilpon’s fellow owner buddies. Not even on a personal level, none of these MLB owners were repulsed or angered to even comment about this?

The Detroit Lions in the 1990s decide to hire a guy named Bobby Ross to be their Head Coach. The only problem was that Ross was actually an infant. Look at his photo and you’ll see the face of an infant on a man’s body, but not one word of resistance from anyone with the NFL.
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But what we’re left with is a Sterling/Silver showdown. At 2:00 this afternoon, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver will announce whether his basketballs have dropped, and what the league’s “investigation” has uncovered from the Sterling recording. While we’re not even certain that a formal “punishment” will be announced today, it is hard to imagine that something other than a substantial fine, and maybe a forfeiture of draft picks will be meted out. My sense is that the NBA will “pass” on this opportunity to do something truly inspiring and momentous. The league has in fact been given an opportunity to come out of this mess and make an indelible change to a sporting landscape whose idea of radical change consists of allowing female members into Augusta. The first openly gay player in team sports history came out in the NBA this season. That was a tremendous step forward, but a rich white team-owner publicly condemning a fellow rich white team-owner appears to still be “off the table” at this time. Sterling will be fined maybe more than $10M dollars and perhaps lose the team’s first round draft pick this year and/or next. Maybe even payroll “cap space” gets limited as a punitive measure.

My gut tells me that 2014 Major Team sports will continue with business as usual, where rich guys look out for other rich guys. Each of them knows that the next slip up could be his, and he’ll want and need the slimy backs of his fellow rich white guys then.  I, like Eddie Murphy before me, will soon learn that when white people are alone, they give each other things!….

Come back tomorrow for a white guy rich in angst, Angry Ward.

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  • AngryWard

    Seems like some owners, quite a few in fact, have come out condemning the comments but, yeah, no one has called for him to be stripped of his team, except for Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, apparently. Mark Cuban, for one, hopes that he gets seriously slapped but doesn’t think the commissioner/NBA can force him to sell because: “In this country people are allowed to be stupid. They’re allowed to be morons. They’re allowed to think idiotic thoughts.” I kinda (kinda, mind you) see what he means. For instance, if Jerry Jones got caught on camera saying that he hated Chinese people, do you think the NFL could just take his team away? I think they should allow the entire Clippers roster to become free agents after the season. They really shouldn’t have to work for the guy if they don’t want to. But, make no mistake, someone will. And, make no mistake, their are plenty more out there like him. JG Clancy had the best take. He’ll be dead soon and the world will be a little bit better place.

    • Cheesybruin

      Ward, letting the current Clippers roster become free agents is a great idea but filling the roster with Developmental League talent saves Sterling money during his impending punitive season and beyond. The whole situation is a bag of sh!t.
      Very nice win by the Wild last night! Game 7, anything can happen!

      • AngryWard

        It is a mess, but you take away the players then you lose the fans and that has to hurt at least a little bit. As Fake Sandy said, Stern really did his successor no favors in actually helping to make the Clippers good. He’s like an NCAA football coach, jumping ship before the sanctions come down.

      • AngryWard

        Wild, Batman, Simply Wild.

      • jgclancy

        I’ll root for Minnesota mainly because I feel sorry for any team that has to go to Denver.Go Wild!

        • AngryWard

          Thanks.

          • jgclancy

            de nada

      • Different Matt

        I would like whatever punishment Sterling receives to be as financially damaging as possible. But it’s a shame that at the end of the day, he’ll still be a millionaire. If he has to sell the team, that may just make him richer. I’d love it if there was a way to make Sterling sell the Clippers for what he bought them for.

        • Junoir Blaber

          I just want the pleasure of kicking him in the nuts!!

    • buffalobilly84

      They should do is order him to sensitivity training or work with inner city kids in lieu of losing #1 picks and big fines. They can’t make him sell. We had the worst owner at the time with Paul Snyder of the Buffalo Braves. But he was nothing compared to this.

      • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

        Paul Snyder! The villain of Western New York… Bob McAdoo is still thanking him for getting him out of Buffalo!

        • Junoir Blaber

          Move the clippers back to Buffalo??

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      You can’t fire a nitwit owner in this country; this is a capitalistic society. End of story. Do the Clippers have a Board of Directors or shareholders like a Goldman Sachs? No… all that is going to come out of this is a suspension and an added criteria for future owners that they pass a coprporate competency test that includes culture bias testing.

  • FakeSandyAlderson

    It makes you think back to all of the times David Stern fined Mark Cuban for criticizing refs, for being too boisterous, showy, obnoxious, whatever. Well over a million bucks in fines. But when it came time for Stern to take Sterling to task for his history of abhorrent behavior, he not only took a “pass,” but actually enabled him further. Stern gift wrapped Chris Paul to the Clippers after somehow finding the Lakers’ perfectly legitimate offer inappropriate. Stern made the decision that Sterling should be handed the league’s best point guard. He manipulated all kinds of nonsense during his tenure but never saw fit to censure the league’s most vile owner.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      And Mark Cuban took a crap team and built a winner out of it.

      • Junoir Blaber

        Stern thought it would make the Lakers good and for entertainment purposes wanted to make the Clippers better ang get more fans in the seats for both team. After watch the requiem for a team, which showed how the Sonics were stolen from Seattle, I have even less respect for Stern than I had over the years.

  • FakeSandyAlderson

    btw…give a watch to the Campanis video. It really is classic. Koppel was actually pretty awesome with his questioning.

    • jgclancy

      Koppel’s lines were great. I also like Roger Kahn’s facial expressions at the end of that clip.

    • AngryWard

      Campanis desperately needed one of those long Vaudeville canes to pull him off screen.

  • GrindingAxWalter

    The Bobby Ross infant thing is an instant classic! The exploitation of children is a worldwide problem which permeates into pro sports as well.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      Agreed! We can never look at Bobby Ross the same way.

      • GrindingAxWalter

        Look at MSG and Dolan. He is one ugly baby that was left a huge some of money and power. While he grew up in age, he never actually grew!

  • WestCoastCraig

    Baseball has forced owners out before, even the consummate old white boy Selig was at the wheel when Marge Schott was (unofficially) given the boot (though the fact she was a woman probably helped, and that she was truly batshit crazy, plus her comments were Nazi-approving, which is a line that cannot be uncrossed). It seems to me that being an owner and part of this club is a privilege, not a right, and that Yes, you can have your membership revoked no matter how much skin you have in the game. It’s the “Association,” socialist in every convenient-to-rich-people way imaginable, and if Sterling is bad for business he can be evicted like one of his own ethnic tenants.

    • WestCoastCraig

      oh, and the other wild card in this, perhaps Sterling’s biggest blunder, is that he besmirched Magic Johnson. Say hello to your new Clippers owner!

      • AngryWard

        You definitely have a point with the “Association” angle, Craig. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. Is there language in the NBA constitution (who knew the NBA had a constitution?) that will allow Silver and the Owners to force Sterling out? If so, that’s probably why Cuban keeps talking about this being a “slippery slope,” meaning be able to ban someone for words. Nobody opens his mouth more than Cuban.

        • jgclancy

          Yes AW… they can have a vote to remove an owner. I think they need 3/4 of the owners to do it. Most likelyfor now he’ll be suspended for a year/or indefinitely and fined.

      • FakeSandyAlderson

        Maybe Matt Kemp can suit up for the Clips then? He sure never plays much for the Dodgers.

        • bosoxbruins04

          Magic could turn into an owner that killed a team with big contracts. He took on some big ones from the Sox.

  • jgclancy

    Tokowitz banned for life!!!…hopefully not like when they banned Steinbrenner for life then let the b#st*ard back in!

  • Junoir Blaber

    It appears that Sterling has been banned for life and fined 2.5 Mill. Wow!! Mr. Silver dropping the hammer.

    • FakeSandyAlderson

      Adam Silver–Time Magazine Man of the Year! His balls have dropped!! But a $2.5M fine? That part is a bit unnecessary and a bit absurd. It’d be like fining DiminutiveMatt a nickel!

  • SAF

    Nice job by Silver! How would Stern have mealy-mouthed and slimed his way out of this one?

    • AngryWard

      When you really think about it, this was the only smart play. Drop the hammer, ban him for life, and then if he fights it in court and wins you can still say that you tried to do the right thing. Not sure how we all missed this.

      • jgclancy

        Not much he can fight in court. It would have to go to arbitration first anyway and judges almost always let negotiated sports arbitration rules decide things unless there is a constitutional right involved ( which is rare).
        Silver is a lawyer as well and knows the rules. Screw gold Go Silver!

  • jgclancy

    Well – anything else that happens in the NBA playoffs this season is kind of insignificant.
    Let’s get back to some niche sport talk aka – Let’s Go Rangers!!

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